A superstition is a belief in something that is irrational, non-physical and does not follow the rules of science. It is often one action that leads to another without something directly linking the two. Superstition is often associated with luck. Different superstitions often came from beliefs, religions and cultures had in the past and long have been proven wrong. It is a mystery why people don’t pay attention to facts and still believe in superstitions.
It’s a good idea to spill some water behind a person who’s going to a job interview, headed out on a journey, or about to attempt any sort of endeavor at all. The movement of water’s said to symbolize fluidity and motion; just don’t spill it on their pants, as that probably won’t have the same effect on the interview.
Instead of kissing someone when the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s Eve, you should eat 12 grapes in rapid succession. Not only does this ensure the coming year’ll be a lucky one, it also gives you delicious grape breath (in case you decide to kiss someone after all).
Carrying an empty bucket, or even seeing someone carry one, is a bad omen. This is likely due to the fact that Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a man with empty buckets for hands. True story.
It’s a commonly held local belief that chewing gum at night is akin to chowing down on the flesh of a dead person. A minty-fresh dead person.
Stabbing chopsticks straight up into your bowl of rice’ll cause the whole dinner table to murmur in disapproval, as this is generally only done during funeral ceremonies. Passing food from chopstick to chopstick is a no-no for much the same reason: at funerals, family members pass the bones of the dead person with chopsticks.
In South Korea
Going to sleep with a fan on in an enclosed space can straight up kill you. This unfounded belief is so prevalent that electric fans are often sold with timers, to prevent accidental death due to… suffocation, somehow?
A solar eclipse pretty much means everybody’s staying indoors for the duration. Just about everything’s put in hibernation mode — from road traffic to the stock market — due to the widespread belief the sun’s rays are toxic during the celestial event. Some also believe that burying a sick child up to their neck during an eclipse can cure them of their ailment… because science.
The number 39 is linked (inexplicably) to prostitution, and anyone whose phone number or license plate ends with 39 is a social pariah. People who’re 39 years old often say they’re “one less than 40” just to avoid the embarrassment.